While making the case for unifying the electorate, a candidate for Alabama’s open Senate seat ended up saying something pretty divisive.
Roy Moore, a former chief justice on the state Supreme Court, was speaking against racial, political and other divisions at a rally in Florence, Ala., on Sunday when he inserted two words that have been historically used as slurs.
“We were torn apart in the Civil War — brother against brother, North against South, party against party,” he said. “What changed?
“Now we have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting,” Moore added. “What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.”
“Red” has historically been a slang term for Native Americans that has increasingly gone out of favor. Some view it as offensive and so inappropriate that there’s been a movement to rename sports teams that incorporate the term into its mascots, such as the Washington Redskins.
“Yellow” is a derogatory term for East Asians that was common in the late 1800s among the white working class in California, who feared Asian immigrants would take their jobs.